Young students take part in 'Poorna Bhujangasana,' a form of yoga that increases spine flexibility, at a yoga camp in Chandigarh, India, on Thursday. Ajay Verma/Reuters
A turkey peers out of its cage at an agricultural exhibition near the village of Liavonavichi, Belarus, on Thursday. Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters
A South African woman holds up her daughter as they attend a late afternoon training session for Cameroon's national soccer team, at the Northlands Primary School in Durban, South Africa, on Thursday. Hussein Malla/AP
A local tourist slides across Managua's Tiscapa Lagoon on Thursday in Nicaragua. The Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism predicts that by the end of 2010, the country would have received at least one million tourists who will contribute about $400 million to the national economy. Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters
A scuba diver of the Polish fire brigade builds up a wall of sandbags under the water of the river Brdzie in the city of Bydgoszcz, Poland. Up to 20 people have died and more than 10,000 have had to evacuate their homes since Polish rivers began bursting their banks in early May following heavy rainfall. Arkadiusz Wojtasiewicz/Agencja Gazeta/Reuters
A baby chimpanzee plays with a soccer ball a day before the opening of the World Cup tournament in South Africa in the Ramat Gan Safari, in Israel on Thursday. The chimpanzees at the Safari zoo in Ramat Gan received a special treat for the World Cup opening, soccer balls with flags of different countries covered with strawberry jam. Ariel Schalit/AP
Tourists stand at Table Mountain overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa on Thursday. Roberto Candia/AP
A South Korean Space Launch Vehicle-1 takes off from the launch pad at the Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Korea, on Thursday. South Korea says communications with a rocket launched by the country has been lost following liftoff. AP
A rare white lion peers at a vehicle at the Lions Park near Johannesburg, South Africa, on Thursday. Radu Sigheti/Reuters
Indians take part in a vigil in protest against the recent verdict in the Bhopal gas tragedy judgment in Bhopal, India, on Thursday. A court Monday convicted seven former senior employees of Union Carbide's Indian subsidiary to two years in prison for 'death by negligence' for their roles in the 1984 leak of toxic gas that killed an estimated 15,000 people in the world's worst industrial disaster. AP
A dog carries a new toy, which is a stuffing-free animal, in its mouth. The toy eliminates the risks associated with dogs ingesting the stuffing, and the potential mess. TELEBrands Corp./PRNewsFoto
Elephants decorated with the national flags of countries participating in the 2010 World Cup parade down the streets in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday. Sukree Sukplang/Reuters
Almost unnoticed, the world has reduced poverty, increased incomes, and improved health more than at any time in history.
BySteven Radelet, Contributor
Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor
The headlines on any given day suggest a world under siege. War. Terrorism. Refugees. Disease. Recession. Famine. Climate change. But beneath these often very real problems, something remarkable has been happening, something on a more epochal level that has gone almost completely unnoticed.